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Bumper turnout at inaugural Ravensknowle Park junior parkrun

Sun comes out for early morning youngsters' fitness initiative

Youngsters packed into Ravensknowle Park on Sunday morning for a spot of bright and breezy jogging.

Almost 100 children, aged four to 14, took part in the inaugural Ravensknowle Park parkrun.

The casual drop-in sessions aims to provide fitness and new friends for youngsters as well as their parents.

After the 2km run participants were treated to tea and cakes supplied by Friends of the Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park.

It was organised Louise Galvin, Helen Ahmad, John Kitson, Clare Beecher and former Almondbury ward councillor Ann Denham.

Ms Galvin said: “It was little bit chaotic at first! But it will settle down and everyone had a good time.

“We had nice comments from the kids and thanks from the parents.

“The park is in a big catchment area for the residential areas like Almondbury, Lepton and Kirkheaton.

“It was nice to see the kids meet up with their friends from their area and we were blessed with sunshine.”

The Ravensknowle Park parkrun will take place every Sunday at 9am unless there is another event in the park, for example the Ravensknowle Gala.

The Tolson inaugural junior parkrun at Ravensknowle Park.

Parkrun UK organises drop-in timed runs for adults and children at parks across the country.

The initiative has been a success with hundreds of 5km adult runs and 2km junior runs across Britain.

On the website www.parkrun.org.uk you can find out the locations and date of your nearest parkrun as well as the names of the volunteers managing it.

Indeed there is one every Saturday (9am) at Greenhead Park.

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Ms Galvin said: “As the tag line says: ‘It’s a run, not a race’.

“The runs are not just exercise but they’re social as well.

“I hope it will be a place where children can meet with friends at the weekend and maybe, go to the museum as well.”

Parkruns also take place at Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury; Oakwell Hall, Birstall and Shroggs Park, Halifax.



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